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Can You Have Productivity Without Accountability and Punishment?

On a podcast I heard some time ago featuring Ray Romano (of Everybody Loves Raymond* fame) had the actor commenting on his writing and work process.  He basically admitted he was addicted to various unproductive habits and activities.  As a way of weaning himself away from these problems and impediments on his productivity; he would make bets with himself.  If he did not do X today, he would not be able to play a round of golf the next day.  If he failed to prepare a script, he would not be able to watch football that night.   Ever since then I have wondered how important accountability and punishment is for productivity.  Do we need to instill fear of the consequences to our own failure to ensure we move forward with our work?

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